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[var-uh-sel-uh] /ˌvær əˈsɛl ə/
noun, Pathology
Origin of varicella
1765-75; < New Latin, equivalent to vari(ola) variola + -cella diminutive suffix
Related forms
varicellar, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for varicella
  • All patients with varicella, including adults, should have their nails trimmed short.
  • Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox.
  • Certain people should not receive the varicella vaccine.
British Dictionary definitions for varicella


the technical name for chickenpox
Derived Forms
varicellar, adjective
Word Origin
C18: New Latin, irregular diminutive of variola
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Word Origin and History for varicella

Modern Latin (1764), irregular diminutive of variola (see variola).

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varicella in Medicine

varicella var·i·cel·la (vār'ĭ-sěl'ə)
See chickenpox.

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varicella in Science
See chickenpox.
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